Accident
Last updated: 1 September 2014
Status:Definitief
Datum:donderdag 3 oktober 1946
Tijd:05:03
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54E-5-DO (DC-4)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:American Overseas Airlines
Registratie: NC90904
Constructienummer: 27290
Bouwjaar: 1945
Aantal vlieguren:3731
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-9
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 8 / inzittenden: 8
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 31 / inzittenden: 31
Totaal:slachtoffers: 39 / inzittenden: 39
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:11,4 km (7.1 mijl) NE of Stephenville-Harmon AAB, NF (YJT) (   Canada) show on map
Fase: InitiŰle klim (ICL)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Stephenville AAB, NF (YJT/CYJT), Canada
Vliegveld van aankomst:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Ierland
Beschrijving:
The DC-4, named "Flagship New England", departed New York-LaGuardia (LGA) at 12:14 on October 2, 1946 bound for Shannon (SNN), Ireland and Berlin, Germany. Prior to crossing the Atlantic, an intermediate stop was planned at Gander. Poor visibility at Gander forced the crew to land at their alternate, Stephenville-Harmon Field. The DC-4 arrived there at 16:30. In order to provide the necessary crew rest, a 12-hour stopover was made with a scheduled departure at 04:45. The flight was cleared to taxi to runway 30 for departure. As the wind appeared to be from 90 degrees at 9kts, the tower operator advised the crew to taxi to runway 07 instead. At the time of the take-off the ceiling was reported 5,000 feet, overcast; visibility 10 miles. Neither moon nor stars were visible through the overcast as the flight took off towards unlit terrain. It was general practice for flights using runway 07 to turn right immediately after takeoff to avoid rising terrain. After takeoff the DC-4 continued in a straight line and collided with a steep ridge at an elevation of 1160 feet, 7,1 miles past the runway.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The action of the pilot in maintaining the direction of take-off toward higher terrain over which adequate clearance could not be gained."

Bronnen:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 44)
» CAB


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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Stephenville AAB, NF en Shannon Airport bedraagt 3436 km (2147 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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